Similar but different : Differences in comprehension diagnosis on the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability and the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension

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Colenbrander, Danielle, Nickels, Lyndsey and Kohnen, Saskia. (2017). Similar but different : Differences in comprehension diagnosis on the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability and the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension. Journal of Research in Reading. 40(4), pp. 403-419. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9817.12075
AuthorsColenbrander, Danielle, Nickels, Lyndsey and Kohnen, Saskia
Abstract

Background
Identifying reading comprehension difficulties is challenging. There are many comprehension tests to choose from, and a child's diagnosis can be influenced by various factors such as a test's format and content and the choice of diagnostic criteria. We investigate these issues with reference to the Neale Analysis of Reading Ability (NARA) and the York Assessment of Reading for Comprehension (YARC).

Methods
Ninety-five children were assessed on both tests. Test characteristics were compared using Principal Components and Regression analyses as well as an analysis of passage content.

Results
NARA comprehension scores were more dependent on decoding skills than YARC scores, but children answered more comprehension questions on the NARA and passages spanned a wider range of difficulty. Consequently, 15–34% of children received different diagnoses across tests, depending on diagnostic criteria.

Conclusion
Knowledge of the strengths and weaknesses of comprehension tests is essential when attempting to diagnose reading comprehension difficulties.

Year2017
JournalJournal of Research in Reading
Journal citation40 (4), pp. 403-419
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd
ISSN0141-0423
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9817.12075
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84997541832
Open accessPublished as green open access
Page range403-419
FunderMacquarie University
Australian Research Council (ARC)
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Accepted08 Feb 2016
Deposited17 Nov 2023
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDFT120100102
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